Get to grips with FLEGT (January 2017)

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Promote sustainable forest management and legal and responsible timber trade in Vietnam
On 6th Jan 2017, the project “Sustainable Forest Management and Responsible Forest Products Trade” co-implemented by Vietnam Administration of Forestry, WWF-Vietnam, RECOFTC and TRAFFIC was officially launched. The project will focus on supporting Vietnam to improve the implementation of sustainable forest management and legal and responsible forest products trade. The project is funded by Australian Government through The Nature Conservancy (TNC) organisation. The project will be implemented until March 2018.


Civil society keen to take part in ASEAN’s new FLEG plan
As the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member states implement a new ten-year plan to improve forest governance, civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region are keen to get involved. The CSOs are interested in having regular meetings with responsible government representatives and, ideally, joining country delegations to ASEAN working groups responsible for implementing the plan.


EU importers welcome first FLEGT-licensed timber
Of several countries implementing Voluntary Partnership Agreements with the EU, Indonesia is the first to have reached the goal of FLEGT licensing. And their first FLEGT-licensed products have arrived in Europe. They were the first ever imports bearing FLEGT licences, which attest to their legality and automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, meaning operators can place them on the market without further due diligence checks.


Deforestation should be prevented from wood processing factories  
(Lao Động) – Although the Prime Minister has ordered to “close the forests”, deforestation still continues. One of the causes that is rarely mentioned is that authorities have not had relevant measures to inspect and control the origin of wooden materials in wood processing factories.


Vietnamese Luxury Wooden Furniture Makers feel pain of regulations and deforestation
(Mongabay) – With Southeast Asian forests rapidly running out of rare, high-value timber, traditional Vietnamese furniture companies are under pressure to clean up their act in order to export to markets like the EU.





December 2016: Traceability: a management tool for business and governments – FAO. Download at:


January 2017: New Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 from Transparency International. For more information:



6-8th December 2016: Representatives from eight member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) shared their achievements in developing reliable timber legality assurance systems at a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. For more information:


12th January 2017: The meeting on “The development of Action Plan to strengthen CITES implementation in combatting illegal wildlife trade among Vietnam – China – Laos” was held in Hanoi. The meeting aimed at the implementation of commitments of Vietnam in Hanoi Declaration on combating illegal trafficking of wildlife, the memorandums of understanding between Vietnam and China, Vietnam and Laos as well as the relevant CITES resolutions. This is also an opportunity for the CITES management offices in three countries to call for and coordinate funding for the implementation of CITES, and to fulfil the obligation to enforce CITES Resolutions. For more information: